Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

Biology of Aging Training Program


Graduate & Postdoctoral Training Program for Research Scientists
in the Biology of Aging


This is a special Biology of Aging Track within the Graduate Program of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology. Students who choose this track will meet the same requirements as for the regular Ph.D. program.


For specific information about this training program, visit
The Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies website.

The special requirements for the Track on Aging will include,

    1) taking the course on the Biology of Aging as an elective,
    2) attending the Aging journal club after year one, and
    3) attending the Aging Seminar Series.
This training program for research scientists in the areas of genetics of aging, lifespan intervention analyses in animal models and age-related diseases. Trainees will participate in programs involving such topics as:
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Somatic Mutations
  • Epigenetic Changes
  • Free Radicals
  • Oxidative Damage
  • DNA Damage and Repair
  • Endocrine and Immune Systems
  • Transmembrane Signaling
  • Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes
  • Differentiation and Apoptosis
  • Molecular Aspects of Age-Associated Disease


Course Description - CSBL 6048 Biology of Aging
3.0 Semester Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the most up-to-date information on the current understanding of the aging process. This advanced interdisciplinary graduate course will be offered to students who wish to either specialize in or have a strong background in the interrelated areas of aging and age-related diseases. Faculty from the Departments of Cellular & Structural Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology and Medicine will be involved in teaching this course, which will cover the molecular and cell biology of aging, model systems used for aging studies, age related changes in organs and tissues and age related diseases. This course is an elective for all Departments.


Participating Faculty Include:

Yidong Bai, Ph.D.
Rochelle Buffenstein, Ph.D.
Bandana Chatterjee, Ph.D.
Robert Clark, M.D.
Lily Q. Dong, Ph.D.
Ben Eaton, Ph.D.
Al Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.
Veronica Galvan, Ph.D.
Peter J. Hart, Ph.D.
Peter J. Hornsby, Ph.D.
Balakuntalam Kasinath, M.D.
Erzsi Kokovay, Ph.D.
Ellen Kraig, Ph.D.
James Lechleiter, Ph.D.
Feng Liu, Ph.D.
Nick Musi, M.D.
Carlos Orihuela, Ph.D.
Shane Rea, Ph.D.
Randy Strong, Ph.D.
Christi A. Walter, Ph.D.